Giant hatchetfish

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Giant hatchetfish
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Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Stomiiformes
Family: Sternoptychidae
Subfamily: Sternoptychinae
Genus: Argyropelecus
Species: A. gigas
Binomial name
Argyropelecus gigas
Norman, 1930

The giant hatchetfish or greater silver hatchetfish (Argyropelecus gigas), a marine hatchetfish of the genus Argyropelecus, is found in every ocean except the north Pacific in the mesopelagic zone of tropical and subtropical waters. "Giant" in relative terms only, this is the largest species of marine hatchetfishes, often exceeding 110 millimetres (4.3 in) standard length.[1]


  1. ^ Baird, R. C. (1971). "The systematics, distribution, and zoogeography of the marine hatchetfishes (family Sternoptychidae)". Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. 142: 1–128. 

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